1555–65; < Latin: right, favorable; akin to Gothic taihswa, Old Irish dess, Greek dexiós, Lithuanian dẽšinas, Sanskrit dakṣina Unabridged


Also, Dexter-Kerry [dek-ster-ker-ee] . one of a breed of small, hardy, usually black dual-purpose cattle, derived from the Kerry breed of Ireland.
a male given name. Unabridged
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dexter1 (ˈdɛkstə)
1.  archaic of or located on the right side
2.  (usually postpositive) heraldry of, on, or starting from the right side of a shield from the bearer's point of view and therefore on the spectator's left
[C16: from Latin; compare Greek dexios on the right hand]

dexter2 (ˈdɛkstə)
a small breed of red or black beef cattle, originally from Ireland
[C19: perhaps from the surname of the original breeder]

Dexter (ˈdɛkstə)
John. 1925--90, British actor and theatre director

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Word Origin & History

masc. proper name, from L. dexter "on the right hand" (see dexterity). Cf. also Benjamin.
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Medical Dictionary

dexter dex·ter (děk'stər)
Of or located on the right side.

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Example sentences for dexter
The golden lion at the dexter chief, sable, a lion rampant or, armed and langued gules.
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